Unofficial Cycle Routes - Renfrew Ferry to Mugdock Country Park

Website by Andy Preece

This route runs from the Renfrew-Yoker Ferry, through Yoker and Blairdardie, to Bearsden and Mugdock Country Park. See the links to the Renfrew Ferry provided by the unofficial cycle routes from Glasgow, Paisley and Pollok, and the route onwards to Strathblane. This route starts the same as the route to Milngavie, but there are a couple of rather steep hills, the first into Bearsden, the other at Mugdock Country Park.

Starting from the Renfrew-Yoker Ferry go up Yoker Ferry Road and continue across Dumbarton Road into Kelso Street. At the far end of Kelso Street, go up the ramp and turn right onto the canal towpath. Continue along the canal and pass under the Great Western Road dual carriageway bridge.

Leave the canal towpath at the wooden footbridge at Blairdardie. Cross the canal to the shops at the other side and join the road. Turn right onto the main road and turn right again at the mini-roundabout into Moraine Avenue. After bearing left at a roundabout with no other roads, look for a lane on the left. Take the lane and follow it past some houses then under a railway bridge. After the bridge, turn right onto Essenside Avenue. At the left bend in Essenside Avenue, continue straight on onto another path. Follow this to the main road.

Cross Drumchapel Road at the traffic lights and go straight on onto the Garscadden Way path, although at the time of writing, the path is not very well made and near the lights you will be cycling across grass with little sign of a path. However, the path begins to appear shortly afterwards. Take this path and follow it straight on, parallel to Kinfauns Drive on your left. Continue to the first road crossing, Drummore Road. Turn right into Drummore Road, then left into Chesters Road. Continue up the steep hill and into Bearsden.

At the end of Chesters Road, turn left and immediately right into Baird Drive. At the end of Baird Drive, turn right into Westbourne Drive. At the end of this road, turn left then immediately right into Campbell Drive. At the end of this road, take care and turn right into the busy Drymen Road, then immediately left into Manse Road. Turn left at the church into Gartconnell Road, which is shut off at Manse Road. Towards the end of Gartconnell Road, turn right into Morven Road. Continue past the school and at the end of the road continue straight on onto a path.

Fork right at the path junction immediately at the end of Morven Road, cross another path, then fork left onto a path that goes alongside a hedge. At the end of the path go straight on onto Seafield Avenue. Follow this road around some bends, then continue straight on onto another path. At the next path junction, turn right then immediately left onto a path signposted for Prestonfield.

On arrival at Prestonfield, turn right into the road, right at the first road junction, then left at the mini-roundabout into Drumcarn Drive. With care, go straight on across the busy Craigdhu Road and continue along Dumgoyne Avenue. At the end, cross another busy road Craigton Road with care, and continue along North Dumgoyne Avenue. At the T-junction turn left into James Watt Road, then turn right onto a path on the right, signposted for Mugdock Country Park.

Follow this path across Stable Road, and fork right at a couple of path junctions, following the signposts. Cross the Allander Water and turn right with the path, then turn left at the next path junction. Continue to the next path junction and turn left onto the West Highland Way. Ignore the next signpost for Mugdock Country Park pointing right since the path there is totally unsuitable for cycling and continue straight on along the West Highland Way.

At the next road crossing, turn right and head up a steep hill. Once around the hairpin bends, turn right into the Khyber Car Park (yes, really!). Now you are in the main section of Mugdock Country Park and can take whichever route you want. The most direct route to the Visitors' Centre, but the most interesting is to go straight on through the kissing gate, across the moorland path, then turn left at Mugdock Castle, left at the next path junction, bear right at Craigend Castle, then up a slight hill to the Visitors' Centre.

You can return on road to Milngavie from the visitors centre by turning right out of the Visitors' Centre car park, then bearing right at the junctions in Mugdock village, and going down a steep hill on Mugdock Road which leads to Milngavie town centre. Alternatively, make up a different route through the park and aim for perhaps the South Lodge Car Park, then down the hill into Milngavie.

Website by Andy Preece